The Asscher cut diamond is a stepped square cut, often called the 'square emerald cut' and like an Emerald cut, the Asscher has cropped corners. It is important to note that there are no typical proportions for the Asscher cut diamond because they are not very common. In fact, original Asscher cut diamonds are very rare and not usually found in the retail market. Until recently, very few online jewellers carried Asscher cut diamonds. But the Asscher cut has rapidly gained popularity as it was featured on the television show 'Sex & and the City' and stars such as Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow have received Asscher-cuts as engagement rings. Due to the increased popularity, more and more online jewellers are carrying this fashionable cut - however, the range of diamonds tends to be smaller than for other more common cuts.
The standard number of facets of an Asscher cut diamond is 72. The cuts wide step facets and deep clipped corners make the gemstone resemble an octagon. The Asscher cut is designed to draw the eye into the diamond and as such, you should always select the highest quality stone you can afford. Vashi.com recommends that you select an Asscher cut diamond with a minimum colour of H, clarity of VS2, and very good cut.
If you are looking for a good quality Asscher cut diamond but have a tight budget look for a stone with a minimum colour of I, clarity of SI1, and very good cut.
Asscher cut diamonds are usually cut to a 1.00 ratio (or a range between 1.00 to 1.05). This square outline gives the cut the symmetrical outline the Asscher cut is known for.